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Collaborative Grid Innovation for Atlantic Smart Energy Communities (Shediac)
In June 2019, NB Power, NS Power, and NRCan announced $10.8M in funding for two community energy smart-grid projects: one in Shediac, NB (led by NB Power), focusing on residential applications; and another in Amherst, NS (led by NS Power), focusing on commercial applications. Funding comes from NRCan's $100M Smart Grid Program. These projects are also supported by the $92.7M Smart Grid Atlantic Initiative, formed by NB Power, Siemens Canada and NS Power.
Utilities will work with customers in these communities to manage energy consumption an pilot new electricity pricing options. In Shediac, 500 homes will be selected to test a range of technologies, including smart thermostats, solar power, smart water heaters and in-home battery storage.
Recruitment for the Shediac program began in June 2019.